Local FCCLA officers receive leadership training

Five students from the Heavener Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America chapter recently attended the 2022 Lead Chapter Officer Training Conference.

The Lead Conference, one of four planned around the state, was Sept. 15th in McAlester..

Attending from Heavener were chapter president Jana Samuels, secretary Jenifer Vasquez, treasurer Julie Cook, and fundraiser chairs Erika Weaker and Katie Young.

“Lead Conference is a great opportunity for our FCCLA chapter officers to gain leadership experience, network with other officers in their region, and learn how to make an impact on the organization”, said Brittani Phillips, FCCLA State Adviser.

Sarah Edsall and Dustin Galyon were the keynote speakers for the conference. Edsall keynoted the Enid Lead Conference and Dustin was the keynote for the other locations.

Both speakers have years of leadership training and public speaking experience and brought a message of encouragement and perseverance to the FCCLA members.

The 10 State Officers led the workshops, which focused on enhancing student leadership, building a strong team, time management, FCCLA history, and avoiding burnout.

Officers from each region led the Opening and Closing Sessions.

Oklahoma FCCLA serves approximately 15,000 members in 400 chapters

in both junior and senior high schools and on technology center campuses. Known as the “Ultimate Leadership Experience,” participation in FCCLA national programs, competitive events, and chapter activities help members gain skills for life and become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

FCCLA’s mission is “to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer science education.” It is the only CareerTech student organization with family as its central focus.

FCCLA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. It is affiliated with family and consumer sciences. The other six CTSOs are SkillsUSA (trade and industrial education), FFA (agricultural education), DECA (marketing education), HOSA (health careers education, Business Professionals of America (business and information technology education), and Technology Student Association (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


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